Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):
Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of personal privilege. I understand that copies of a letter addressed to me by Mr. Thorvaldson, president of the income taxpayers' association, have been circulated among members of parliament. The letter contains this statement:
The first sentence of the third paragraph of your letter is sufficiently evasive to make me doubt the substance of your charges. Indeed, I do doubt them, and now challenge you to prove them.
Therefore, though I have not permission from the writers to do so, I now table a number of letters dealing exclusively or almost exclusively with the forgery of signatures to certain cards that have been received by certain hon. members; envelopes marked "Unknown" or "Unclaimed" though some of the envelopes so marked have been already destroyed, and cards obviously addressed by one person, or several persons in the same handwriting, together with affidavits obtained by the hon. member for Swift Current (Mr. Bentley) when he was in the west, from some of his constituents denying that they had signed such cards. I may say we know of other persons who deny having signed such cards, but from whom we have not written or documentary evidence.
I believe these communications, of which there are quite a few, will be sufficient evidence to show that the statement I made in the house with regard to the forgery of these signatures is well founded.
Subtopic: MR. COLDWELL-REFERENCE TO LETTER FROM PRESIDENT OF INCOME TAX PAYERS' ASSOCIATION